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Alf Proysen - Author

About the Author

Alf Proysen was born in Norway in 1914. The Mrs Pepperpot books first appeared in the 1950s and were an immediate success. They have been loved by children ever since and have been translated into many different languages. Hilda Offen is a well-known picture book illustrator, who won the Smarties Prize in 1992 for Nice Work, Little Wolf. Since then she has illustrated many picture books, including Fred and Ted's Treasure Hunt. She lives in Brighton.

Featured books by Alf Proysen

The Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot

The Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot

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Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2010

Chosen by November 2011 Guest Editor, Steve Cole: "I loved the fun fantasy of plucky Mrs Pepperpot, who never knew when she would inconveniently shrink to the size of a… well, pepperpot. (It’s a good job she didn’t marry Mr Subatomic-Particle.) Luckily, with this alarming temporary condition came the ability to talk to animals, so she always got out of her various scrapes. I remember often wondering about author Alf Prøysen’s name, it looked as if someone had made a mistake when writing it…"

Other books by Alf Proysen

Mrs Pepperpot Strikes Again

Mrs Pepperpot Strikes Again

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2018

A collection of fourteen short stories featuring the amazing Mrs Pepperpot. Mrs Pepperpot can't choose when she will shrink to the size of a pepperpot - it just happens. But whatever she does, whether it's swimming with a frog, rescuing a baby bird, or seeing off an unwelcome visitor, Mrs Pepperpot will always save the day.

Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A compilation of 20 classic Mrs Pepperpot tales. Mrs Pepperpot can't choose when she will shrink to the size of a pepperpot - it just happens. But whatever she encounters, whether it be a mountain of pancakes, a crafty fox or a monstrous mousetrap, little Mrs Pepperpot will always come out on top. The Mrs Pepperpot tales are delightful short stories for children, perfect for fans of Dick King Smith and Enid Blyton.

Mrs Pepperpot at the Bazaar

Mrs Pepperpot at the Bazaar

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Mrs Pepperpot has promised to make gingerbread for the school bazaar but things get a bit tricky when she shrinks and is trapped under the mixing bowl! But that doesn't stop her going and the three stuck-up ladies who mocked her gingerbread get more than they bargained for . . . !

Mrs Pepperpot and the Treasure

Mrs Pepperpot and the Treasure

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Poor Mrs Pepperpot has shrunk again! Puss wants to show her some treasure in the neighbour's barn and they set off with Mrs Pepperpot holding on tight to Puss's back. But it's not easy being tiny. Together they have to dodge angry magpies, snowballs and next door's dog. But when they reach the treasure it's all worth it!

Mrs Pepperpot Minds the Baby

Mrs Pepperpot Minds the Baby

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. When Mrs Pepperpot agrees to mind baby Roger from next door, she doesn't know that she's going to shrink. How can she look after him when she's only as tall as a pepperpot? Baby Roger thinks she's a doll and jiggles and joggles her and throws her high in the air. Will Mrs Pepperpot be able to keep the baby out of mischief until his mother comes to get him. . . ?

Mrs Pepperpot Learns to Swim

Mrs Pepperpot Learns to Swim

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Mrs Pepperpot is determined to practise her swimming, so when all the village children go for a picnic in the mountains she goes to the pool in the wood. But disaster strikes - just as Mrs Pepperpot jumps into the water she shrinks! Now the pool seems as big as an ocean. Luckily there's a friendly frog nearby to rescue her and give her swimming lessons.

Mrs Pepperpot and the Blueberries

Mrs Pepperpot and the Blueberries

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

The only thing that Mr Pepperpot wants is a pot of blueberry jam to go on his pancakes, so Mrs Pepperpot storms out to pick the blueberries to make it. But when she is out in the woods she shrinks! There are lots of scary animals: a fox, a wolf and a bear. Will her cunning be enough to get her back home in time to make the jam? A new classic Mrs Pepperpot story beautifully illustrated by Hilda Offen.

Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood

Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Mrs Pepperpot never knows when she's going to shrink to the size of a kitchen pepperpot, and its usually at the most inconvenient moments! But being small can be a lot of fun too - Mrs Pepperpot will meet the little people in the Magic Wood, be taught to swim by a frog, and even sit on a mouse's back! A compilation of nine short stories including: Mrs Pepperpot in the Magic Wood; Mrs Pepperpot and the Puppet Show; Midsummer Eve with the Ogres; Mrs Pepperpot and the Baby Crow; Mrs Pepperpot learns to Swim; Mrs Pepperpot gives a party; Sir Mark the Valiant; Mrs Pepperpot turns Detective; Mrs Pepperpot and the Brooch Hunt.

Mrs Pepperpot To The Rescue

Mrs Pepperpot To The Rescue

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Mrs Pepperpot is as busy as always, and mindful that she is likely to shrink to the size of a Pepperpot at any time. She doesn't know when or where it might happen but she can be sure she'll have an incredible adventure. A compilation of twelve stories including: Mrs. Pepperpot to the Rescue; Mrs. Pepperpot on the Warpath; The Nature Lesson; The Shoemaker's Doll; Mrs. Pepperpot is Taken for a Witch ; The Little Mouse Who Was Very Clever; Mrs Pepperpot's Birthday; The Dancing Bees; How the King Learned to Eat Porridge; Mrs. Pepperpot Turns Fortune Teller; The Fairy-Tale Boy; The Ski-Race.

Little Old Mrs Pepperpot

Little Old Mrs Pepperpot

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2011

Whoever heard of an old woman becoming queen of the crows? Or riding through the snow on the back of a cat? Or tricking a mouse into cleaning her house? Well, with the amazing Mrs Pepperpot, anything can happen - and usually does - especially when she can shrink to a few inches high without a moment's notice! But being so small can have its advantages, especially when it means you can also talk to the animals ...These classic stories about the much-loved Mrs Pepperpot hold a timeless magic for young children everywhere.

Mrs Pepperpot's Christmas

Mrs Pepperpot's Christmas

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she does, she finds herself in all sorts of trouble... In this lovely Christmassy adventure Mrs Pepperpot is looking forward to the Christmas Market, and plans to buy lovely presents, but Mr Pepperpot isn't so keen. But when Mrs Pepperpot shrinks, and hides in his rucksack she is able to use her persuasive powers to convince him otherwise...

The Amazing Mrs Pepperpot

The Amazing Mrs Pepperpot

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble... Poor Mrs Pepperpot has shrunk again and she's set her heart on going to the bazaar. But with a clever disguise and a cunning plan, she's soon dancing rings around the ladies at the fair! Puss can't wait for Mrs Pepperpot to shrink so she can whisk her away on an adventure. It's a hair-raising journey, but brave Mrs P is soon rewarded with some very special treasure indeed.

The Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot

The Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2010

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble... Mrs Pepperpot is determined to practise her swimming, so when all the village children go for a picnic in the mountains she goes to the pool in the wood. But disaster strikes - just as Mrs Pepperpot jumps into the water she shrinks! Now the pool seems as big as an ocean. Luckily there's a friendly frog nearby to rescue her and give her swimming lessons. When Mrs Pepperpot agrees to mind baby Roger from next door, she doesn't know that she's going to shrink. How can she look after him when she's only as tall as a pepperpot? Baby Roger thinks she's a doll and jiggles and joggles her and throws her high in the air. Will Mrs Pepperpot be able to keep the baby out of mischief until his mother comes to get him. . . ?

Mrs Pepperpot and the Treasure

Mrs Pepperpot and the Treasure

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Mrs. Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Poor Mrs. Pepperpot has shrunk again! Puss wants to show her some treasure in the neighbour's barn and they set off with Mrs. Pepperpot holding on tight to Puss's back. But it's not easy being tiny. Together they have to dodge angry magpies, snowballs and next door's dog. But when they reach the treasure it's all worth it!

Mrs Pepperpot at the Bazaar

Mrs Pepperpot at the Bazaar

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Mrs. Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Mrs. Pepperpot has promised to make gingerbread for the school bazaar but things get a bit tricky when she shrinks and is trapped under the mixing bowl! But that doesn't stop her going and the three stuck-up ladies who mocked her gingerbread get more than they bargained for ...!

Mrs Pepperpot Minds The Baby

Mrs Pepperpot Minds The Baby

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. When Mrs Pepperpot agrees to mind baby Roger from next door, she doesn't know that she's going to shrink. How can she look after him when she's only as tall as a pepperpot? Baby Roger thinks she's a doll, and jiggles and joggles her, and throws her high in the air. Will Mrs Pepperpot be able to keep the baby out of mischief until his mother comes to get him?

Mrs Pepperpot Learns to Swim

Mrs Pepperpot Learns to Swim

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Mrs Pepperpot is determined to practise her swimming, so when all the village children go for a picnic in the mountains, she goes to the pool in the wood. But disaster strikes - just as Mrs Pepperpot jumps into the water she shrinks! Now the pool seems as big as an ocean. Luckily, there's a friendly frog nearby to rescue her and give her swimming lessons.

Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2000

A fantastic collection of much-loved, classic stories for all the family! Mrs Pepperpot can't choose when she will shrink to the size of a pepperpot - it just happens! But whatever she encounters, whether it be a monstrous mousetrap, a crafty fox or a gigantic mountain of ice cream, little Mrs Pepperpot will always come out on top.

Mrs Pepperpot Again

Mrs Pepperpot Again

Author: Alf Proysen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/1983

Mrs Pepperpot has a little problem - an enormous little problem - she shrinks! And when she does, she finds herself facing all sorts of funny situations of giant-sized proportions! But whether it's a big brown bear or a moose on the loose, clever little Mrs Pepperpot is always ready with some very big ideas. A compilation of thirteen fun short stories including: Mrs Pepperpot tries to please her Husband; Mrs Pepperpot Minds the Baby; Mrs Pepperpot's Penny Watchman; The Bad Luck Story; Mrs Pepperpot and the Moose; Mrs Pepperpot Finds a Hidden Treasure; Mr Pepperpot; The Ogres; The Good Luck Story; Mr Big Toe's Journey; A Concertina Concert; A Birthday Party in Topsy Turvy Town; Father Christmas and the Carpenter.

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